9 classic Star Wars games that need to be remastered and re-released

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic art. Photo courtesy of igdb.com.
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1. Star Wars: Republic Commando (2005, PC/Xbox)

Originally released on Feb. 28, 2005, for Xbox and hitting PC just days later, Star Wars: Republic Commando was a tactical first-person shooter where players got to take on the role of an elite clone trooper. The heads-up display of the game was even themed after a clone trooper’s tactical visor, giving players the same field of vision that troopers would have.

The troopers in the game were genetically modified to be an elite squad, and the missions take place throughout the Clone Wars at various locations. The game received relatively favorable reviews and could be seen by some as a precursor to the eventual Clone Wars animated series.

Remaking Republic Commando could stick to the traditional story and style of the game, but a remastered version could also bring characters from The Clone Wars into the fold and make them part of the game’s overall narrative. That could include playing as Rex, other notable clones, or seeing them pop up at times during specific missions.

2. Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles (2000, PS/Dreamcast)

Originally released on April 4, 2000, for PlayStation and hitting Dreamcast about six months later, Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles was an action game set during the events of The Phantom Menace. It allowed players to play as Jedi Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Masters Qui-Gon Jinn, Mace Windu, Adi Gallia, and Plo Koon.

While the interface may seem simplistic looking back, the gameplay style is reminiscent of modern action-RPGs like Diablo. A remastered version of Jedi Power Battles could give it an updated look along with expanded content considering what is actually canon in the Star Wars universe today.

3. Star Wars (1983, Arcade)

Originally released by Atari in May of 1983, this classic from the golden age of arcade games is still recognized as one of the greatest video games of all time. Despite gaming having come light years further when it comes to graphics and design, this original Star Wars arcade installment is still a blast to play.

With a new look, Lucasfilm Games could take cues from modern titles like Geometry Wars by making things sleeker without losing the original style and flavor of this arcade classic. A cleaner version of this title seems like a perfect choice for Nintendo Switch or as a digital-only title for PS5 or Xbox.